Monthly Archives: September 2016

Should We Give Thoreau a Cookie?

Thoreau builds Walden on a series of contradicting lines, paragraphs, chapters, and themes. While off-putting at first, eventually I came to understand that this book arose from a journal. Though seven-times-revised, some of the rough and raw characteristics of thought … Continue reading

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Eating Animals

In my reading of Walden, I have keenly followed Thoreau’s food ethics, hoping to find a kindred spirit. I mentioned in class, but will mention again, a quote very near the beginning of the book: “One farmer says to me … Continue reading

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Caged to be Free

Stripping away the unnecessary, excessive, and superfluous is at the heart of Thoreau’s experiment. Early on in economy, he identifies food, shelter, clothing, and fuel as the only things “necessary for life” (Thoreau 11). And, he claims, all these things … Continue reading

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